Victoria Beach, Manitoba Canada
The Rural Municipality (R.M.) of Victoria Beach is a so called "resort municipality" located on the south-eastern shores of Lake Winnipeg approximately 100 kilometres north of Winnipeg, the provincial capital. Some of the finest beaches in Manitoba are located within the boundaries of the municipality.
Currently Victoria Beach has a permanent population of 227 residents, but during the summer vacation season the population swells to about 10,000 people. Unlike other resort areas, the municipality has no campgrounds, no picnic areas or tourist attractions. The community is operated by the local cottage owners for the purpose of providing them with a relaxed, private, enjoyable atmosphere, without excessive public traffic and commercialization.
Victoria Beach with its restricted area is one of the more excluse places to own a cottage, with its own sailing club, marina with dock, baseball field and tennis courts.
With several small beaches the cottages vary from large and bombastic mansions to small, almost historic cabins.
Victoria Beach used to be an island in the estuary of Winnipeg River, until it was connected to the main land by the railroad dam.
The restricted area can only be used by pedestrians and cyclists during the summer months.
Victoria Beach hosts one of Manitoba's largest catamaran sailing fleets, as well as other dinghies and a small number of keelboats. Located on the east side of Lake Winnipeg near the town of Victoria Beach, the Yacht Club offers both recreation and racing fun.
Author: Fredrick Buetefuer